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Articles from Vol. 53, No. 2, October

8th Berlin Biennale
EVER SINCE ITS FIRST EDITION in 1998, which took as its theme the colonization of abandoned or unoccupied real estate in East Berlin by artists, galleries, and other creative industries, the Berlin Bientiale has made the use of vacant, unusual, or...
Aguayo, Nick
Nick Aguayo's abstract paintings have a collage-like sensibility,.as if created by placing cutout swatches of color on horizontal surfaces. This effect--one that brings to mind 1.eo Steinberg's characterization of the flatbed picture plane as "a receptor...
Alain Biltereyst
Alain Biltereyst's solo show this past spring was called "Geo Land," as if inviting us into a realm of pure shape and color, a utopia of abstraction along the lines of what the Bauhauslers might have imagined. The. exhibition, the Brussels-based artist's...
Alex Olson
A METONYM OF SORTS for the modernist picture, the painterly mark has gotten a bad rap; too expressive, too authorial and therefore authoritarian, too sure of its inexhaustible plenitude. Every smudge of pigment at least potentially renews the old fantasy...
Allan Sekula: Christopher Grimes Gallery
Measured in anxious days and weeks, the slow pace of shipping once served as .a reminder that commodities, although seemingly self-generated, are nevertheless the products of labor, including that of transportation. However, with the advent of containerization,...
Balthazar Korab If the Shadows in Frank Lloyd Wright, Frederick C. Roble House, Christopher W. Mount Gallery
Balthazar Korab (1926-2013) thought himself "an architect who makes pictures rather than a photographer who is knowledgeable about architecture." This exhibition--the first in this gallery, which is devoted to architecture and design--included nearly...
Billy Al Bengston
"We'd surf, play Ping-Pong and work, smoke and drink black coffee. That's it. That was what we did for three .or four years. That's all we could afford to do," Billy Al Bengston recently said, recounting his time sharing a. studio with fellow painter...
"Bloodflames Revisited"
"Bloodflames Revisited" commemorated the swan song of late Surrealism in exile. Despite much that was .praiseworthy in the show, its major failing was that the work of its twenty-five artists--complexly installed in the two Kasmin venues--ignored the...
Carolin Eidner
NATALIA HUG Verticality as the Speed of Horizon (all works cited, 2014) is the title of one of the pieces in Carol in Eidner's debut gallery show, "Meanwhile 'Me'." The artist has only just finished her studies at the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf, where...
Charles Ray: Kunstmuseum Basel and Museum Fur Gegenwartskunst
CHARLES RAY'S ELEGANT EXHIBITION at the Kunstmuseum Basel and Museum fur Gegenwartskunst "Sculpture, 1997-2014," turned on one question: Is he classical? It seems strange to ask this about an artist who spent the 1980s inserting his own scruffy body...
Chris Martin: Row
Chris Martin paints to open up a space of possibility. This was made particularly clear in his recent exhibition at KONV, which consisted of paintings finished in the past live years. Throughout this work, points of reference from 'various cultural...
Code Breaker: Julian Rose Talks with Cecil Balmond
JULIAN ROSE: It's an unfortunate paradox in the history of modernism: Even as new technologies have become more important to the practice of both art and architecture, technical concerns tend to remain isolated--a set of concrete, real-world problems...
Counter Cultures: Negar Azimi on "Unedited History: Iran 1960-2014"
IN ONE OF THE CORNERS of "Unedited History: Iran 1960-20 I 4," a sprawling exhibition that opened [-hi, past May at the Musee- d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, an installation of five screens flickered. At its center was a 1973 film called Mogholha...
Dak'art 2014
THE ELEVENTH EDITION of the Dak'Art Biennial of Contemporary African Art, which took place this past summer, may well have been the most ambitious since the exhibition's inception in 1992. It was the largest and most diverse yet, not only showcasing...
Dan Colen
BRANT FOUNDATION ART STUDY CENTER The basics of the Dan Colen story are well known. He emerged as part of a latter-day Rat Pack of hard-partying, skateboarding, incomprehensibly successful New York bad boys (and one girl) who seemed more interested...
Deborah Stratman
HALLWALLS CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER United primarily by an inquisitive approach that fuses the heart of a poet, with the mind of a scientist, artist and filmmaker Deborah Stratman's works engage a staggering range of concerns, geographies, and forms....
Declaration on Digital Capitalism: The International Necronautical Society
1. WE BEGIN OUR DECLARATION with an act of global positioning, a location capture of the place in and from which it will first have been delivered. Dusseldorf has been home to many heroes of the INS: to wartime radio operator and base materialist Joseph...
Duane Michals
Around 1964, Duane Michals had the habit of leaving home in the early morning to take photographs in New York. Michals was already beginning a celebrated career, both in the glossies and in galleries and museums, where his contributions to photographic...
Ed Atkins
The end of a night like any other, facedown on the bar with a cigarette turning to ash between two fingers, singing a perfectly acceptable rendition of the aria "Erbarme dich" from Bach's St. Matthew Passion before your head deflates and everything...
Elias Hansen
JONATHAN VINER In Elias Hansen's work, glass objects, including beakers, test tubes, and flasks--some found, others specially made, many brightly colored--are assembled with other secondhand items and light fixtures, often on wooden shelving, to...
Florian Maier-Aichen
303 GALLERY In the most recent phase of his ongoing exploration of the photographic medium, Florian Maier-Aichen travels simultaneously forward and backward in time, filtering the conventions of Romantic landscape painting through contemporary image-processing...
Garry Winogrand
This incisive exhibition at Pace/MacGill--which opened simultaneously alongside the installation of a major traveling retrospective of Garry Winogrand's work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York--focuses on six of the Bronx-born photographer's...
Hannah Wilke
Though not quite a retrospective, this judiciously focused presentation, primarily composed of Hannah Wilke's object work in sculpture and related drawings, implied the continued scope of the artist's percolating influence some twenty years after her...
International Style
IT'S BEEN A BANNER YEAR for Latin American art in New York, with the Museum of Modern Art's retrospective of Lygia Clark just one of the many recent highlights. Unfortimately, the complex themes addressed by Latin American artists are often lost in...
Isabel Nolan: Irish Museum of Modern Art
halo Calvino once argued that writers had to "set themselves tasks that no one else dares imagine." Artistic vitality becomes possible, Calvino believed, by having "immeasurable goals, far beyond all hope of achievement." Exemplary in this regard is...
Jeanette Mundt and Ned Vena
FEDERICO VAVASSORI THEY WERE BOTH ABUSIVE TO THEMSELVES, AND HE HAD SPENT SO MUCH TIME TALKING ABOUT ACCESSIBLE WORK. AND THERE WAS THE ISSUE OF FAMILY, AS ARTISTS AND IF IT WAS POSSIBLE. These words appeared above the gallery window during the...
Jeong Zik Seong
While an art student at Seoul National University more than twenty years ago, Jeong Zik Seong was a member of Photography Group Manifesto, which documented the protests of nearby residents who were forced to move when their dwellings were slated to...
Jessie Stead
1 RADIO MULOT When you need more edge than the otherwise fabulous "Hawaiian Rainbow" iTunes stream can offer, turn on Radio Mulot. A clandestine frequency in France named for its stealth under the eagle eye of the Conseil Superieur de L'Audiovisuel,...
Josef Dabernig
For his exhibition "Rock the Void," Josef Dabernig--a Conceptual artist and filmmaker with a master's degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna--cleaned out and tidied up MUMOK'S spaces. His display negotiated between the format of the museum...
Josh Mannis
The tightly wound formalism of "Sexus," Josh Months's recent solo show at Thomas Solomon Gallery, might at -first have seemed to run counter to his cutely pornographic subjects--grinning figures who stroke and fondle one another in parks and on floors....
Kim Pieters
Kim Pieters took a risk in titling her first survey exhibition "what is a. life?" Such a portentous question is hard to address, but it turned out to be a near-perfect encapsulation of the self-examining quality of the artist's work. Encompassing video,...
Lucas Ajemian
MARLBOROUGH BROOME STREET Historically, aleatory procedures have yielded artworks that flaunt the removal of subjectivity, or at least posit as significant the marginalization of intention. Lucas Ajemian's "Laundered Paintings," 2010-, shown in...
Lygia Clark
WHEN ONE OF YOUR HANDS touches the other, something peculiar happens: You become aware of the strange .ambivalence that makes your body different from all other things. Your hand is an object in the world, but it is also something you experience from...
Maria Eichhorn
KUNSTHAUS BREGENZ One visitor to Maria Eichhorn's, recent exhibition wrote in the guest book that the most interesting thing about the show was reading the guest book. The book in question was filled with protests that the show was a complete waste...
Maria Lassnig 1919-2014
Maria Lassnig was celebrated as a painter (and, later, filmmaker) whose intense, uncompromising works spanned six decades, as well as abstraction and figuration. On November 11,2012, Hans Ulrich Obrist sat down with Lassnig in her studio in Gurkgasse,...
Mark Leckey
The white cube. The black box. The green screen. Mark Leckey's "A Month of Making" heralded the latest of these color-coded exhibition conventions. First the modern museum delimited the contemplation of painting and sculpture to supposedly neutral,...
Mathis Altmann
Amid the rubble lay a bottle of booze. A toilet was wedged in the wreckage. The pope, perched atop an ash heap, spread his arms in benediction. These were just a few of the chintzy plastic miniatures lodged among the crags and craters of Mathis Altmann's...
Matthew Palladino
GARTH GREENAN GALLERY Computer "graphical interfaces" have a cultural significance that is impossible to overstate. The window, the toolbar, the drop-down menu, the scroll bar: These ubiquitous mechanisms mediate our interactions with the digital--which...
Minor Threat
EVEN WITHIN an already markedly diverse oeuvre, Cameron Jamie's recent work is initially difficult to place. Despite certain iconographic continuities--found most notably in Jamie's primary leitmotif, the mask--his newly atmospheric pen-and-wash drawings,...
Naeem Mohaiemen
KUNSTHALLE BASEL For politically topical art to achieve lasting significance, it must be profoundly concrete and operate with references to a specific context. For a formidable example, consider the first European solo exhibition of the Bangladeshi...
Neil Beloufa: Talks about His Current Exhibition, "Counting on People"
MUCH. PERHAPS MOST, art demands the allegiance of viewers; it seeks to persuade of its own relevance, to proselytize a worldview, or to guide you, however subtly, in what and how to think and feel. Neil Beloufa's work does this too, but in a deeply...
Nothing but the Truth: Melissa Anderson on the Films of Michael Roemer
"I'M SLIGHTLY OUT OF SYNC with my own time," the staunchly independent Filmmaker Michael Roemer, who has taught at Yale University School of Art since 1966, told the New York Times in 2004--an observation. borne out by the initial reception of most...
Open City: Thomas Lawson on Made in L.A. 2014
TWO YEARS AGO, Los Angeles's hometown biennial launched with a presentation that, in terms of sheer sprawl, aptly mirrored its host city. Installed at three venues, the exhibition featured sixty artists and was received as a representative, if cumbersome,...
Pamela Rosenkranz
KARMA INTERNATIONAL Eleven matte aluminum sheets were leaning against the walls of the gallery, which were covered from floor to ceiling with thin transparent plastic sheeting, making the space resemble something like a cross between a construction...
"Paper Museums: Moscow Conceptualism in Transit"
JOHN HANSARD GALLERY Oleg Vassiliev'S 1994 painting Space and Landscape depicts beams of white light, like those surrounding holy figures in Russian icons, against a row of birch trees visible in the background. Birch trees are the most distinctive...
Point of No Return
WHEN I WENT TO SEE "Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937" at the Neue Galerie in New York, I found a line snaking from the museum's Eighty-Sixth Street entrance and around the corner onto Fifth Avenue. I joked to my neighbor...
Polly Apfelbaum
CLIFTON BENEVENTO Over the past twenty years, Polly Apfelbaum has employed wool, cotton, and various other kinds of textiles in her works, but there's one fabric in particular she returns to again and again: synthetic velvet. This material, with...
Prints + Editions
PETER BLUM EDITION 20 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019 Tel: 212 244 6055 Fax: 212 244 6054 E-mail: art@peterblurngallery.com Web: www.peterblumgallery.com Tues. - Fri. 10-6, Sat. 11-6 New book, John Zurier, Paintings 1981-2014....
Raymond Pettibon: Contemporary Fine Arts
Alas,. poor Pettibon! Poet sublime of cryptic fabulosity, inkpot noirist, and restless chronicler of the muck and ick that splatters so freely, then embeds itself like a cancer, forming the blackest recesses of American consciousness. His caustic wit...
Shannon Ebner
KAUFMANN REPETTO Shannon Ebner's "Black Box Collision A," 2013-, is a series of large-scale photographs, all depictingthe letter A. Seventeen of these images dominated her solo show "Black Box Collision A: Gasoline & Auto Electric." The many...
Simon Carroll
CORVI-MORA/VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM Establishing a studio in a Nissen hut in Cornwall, UK, allowed Simon Carroll (1964-2009) the opportunity to begin making drawings the size of a soccer field with specially adapted rakes on the nearby beaches....
Soft Touch
The ability to elicit a wide array of responses is one hallmark of Gerber's practice, which encompasses more than three decades of artworks, the arrangement of other artists' works, and reinterpretations of the boundaries of collaboration, as well...
"Supports/Surfaces"
CANADA "Is Supports/Surfaces a group or a movement?" asks Rachel Stella in the catalogue to this exhibition. "The boundaries remain indefinite," responds Bernard Ceysson, whose French gallery copublished the volume with Canada, but the core was...
Svatopluk Mikyta
Slovakian artist Svatopluk Mikyta is best known for his engagement with the topic of collective memory, appropriating and manipulating imagery derived mainly from the history of Communist Eastern. Europe. The countless book and magazine clippings that...
Tom Friedman
Tom Friedman tells a story about hitting a creative dry patch back in grad school: Feeling stuck and out of ideas, he decided to completely empty his studio, wall off the windows, and paint the room totally white, from floor to ceiling. This evacuation...
Tom Humphreys
HIGH ART At first glance, the six ceramic tile grids in Torn Humphreys's exhibition "Tours--all Untitled, 2014--looked like a return to the sort of 1980s postmodernism that superimposed contradictory styles. Each industrially produced tile was fired...
Too Good to Be True
ANDRE BAZIN'S acerbic comparison of film festivals to religious Orders--the capitalization is his--with. their analogous rituals, moral obligations, and ceremonies, remains apt six decades after he first made it, in the pages of Cabiers du Cinema....
Ursula Mayer
Ursula Mayer's recent exhibition "Not a curse, nor a bargain, but a hymn" offered a precis of the dominant culture, melding literary "classics," fashion editorials, the metapolitical propaganda of the liberal press, science-fiction mise-en-scene, soap...
"Zero"
Arriving in Sao Paulo after stops in two other regional centers in Brazil, "ZERO" opened with a darkened gallery featuring three works by Otto Piene, in which volumetric forms housing electronic lamps cast a dance of light and shadow on the surrounding...
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